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ASWJ official Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abdi Rahman told Somalia Report that at least nine had died - two from his side and seven from al-Shabaab. Eleven were wounded, and fighting was ongoing.
"We attacked the positions of al-shabaab at Dhirimaadle village and took them," he said. "The fighting spread to other villages."
Al-Shabaab did not comment on the battles.
The Sufi-led ASWJ has been weakened by splits in its leadership and rank-and-file, raising fears that al-Shabaab could take advantage and gain ground in Central Somalia, offsetting losses in Mogadishu in and the Gedo region.